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Poster: dark.starz Date: Jan 3, 2011 7:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Dead and the Rolling Stones

Pigpen was born Ron McKernan on September 8, 1945 in Palo Alto, California, where he also grew up. His father was a rhythm and blues disk jockey, so Pigpen got exposed to that type of music at an early age.

My understanding is that it was Pigpen who introduced Jerry, Phil & Bob to authentic, original American Blues Music.

Yes, and by coincidence, (aka The Beatles and Ed Sullivan)the British bands of that time got early radio and LP play performing covers of the great American Blues Artist's. The Stones, The Animals, Clapton, Led Zepplin etc.

The Buddy Holly - Bo Didley riff was always the foundation of every American Garage Band, which the British Punk explosion seemed to emulate circa 1978 - 1979 post Disco.

What a rip, it took the Brits to introduce the great American Blues Artist's to the world audience, not the American public!

Thanks Dudley Dead for having a sense of humor!